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London Underground – Space Edition 2LP (Fruits de Mer Records late july 2019)

Η Ιταλία έχει μεγάλη ιστορία στο pro-rock και δεν απόρησα οταν είδα πως ανάμεσα στα  promo δείγματα των επερχόμενων κυκλοφοριών της, που μου έστειλε η Fruits de Mer Records για την εκπομπή, υπήρχε και ενα Ιταλικό συγκρότημα…

Το άλμπουμ είναι απλά εξαιρετικό…

Οι London Underground δημιουργήθηκαν τον Δεκέμβριο του 1998 στη Φλωρεντία. Οι ρίζες τους βρίσκονται σε μιά άλλη ιστορική Ιταλική μπάντα, τους Standarte, στους οποίους έπαιζε ο ντράμερ των London Underground, Daniele Caputo. Οι Standarte ειχαν κυκλοφορήσει στην δεκαετία του ’90 τρία άλμπουμ για την Black Widow Records. To “Standarte” του 1995, το “Curses And Invocations” του 1996 και το “Stimmung” τοy 1998.

O ηχος των London Underground είναι κοντά σε Αγγλικά prog-rock σχήματα μέ εντονη την παρουσία των πλήκτρων, οπως αυτό του Brian Auger και του George Fame, πράγμα που γίνεται ακόμα πιό έντονο από τη στιγμή που κυκλοφόρησαν το δεύτερο άλμπουμ τους  “Through A Glass Darkly” για την Γαλλική Musea. (To πρώτο τους ήταν το ομώnυμο και είχε κυκλοφορήσει απο την Σουηδική Record Heaven το 2000.)

Μετά από μια περίοδο αδράνειας, το 2008 ο Gianluca Gerlini αναμόρφωσε το συγκρότημα και ηχογράφησε το τρίτο τους άλμπουμ ‘Honey Drops‘ το οποίο βγήκε απο την Musea το 2010. Οι London Underground έχουν σήμερα έναν ήχο που εξακολουθεί να εμπνεεται από το hammond – τώρα πλέον καθαρά instrumental, αλλά αντλεί έμπνευση και από soundtrack ταινιών των ’60sκαι ’70s .

Το website “Progressive Rock Fanatics” συνοψίζει τα πράγματα ως εξής: ‘Αν σας αρέσουν τα πληκτρα και ακόμα περισσότερα πληκτρα πάνω από πληκτρα, με ένα εκπληκτικά σφιχτό rhythm section το οποίο έχει γράψει σφιχτοδεμένους ρυθμούς, τότε θα αγαπήσετε τους London Underground. Προσθέστε σε όλα αυτά μερικά space και Jazz στιγμές ακούγονται σαν να έχουν παρθεί από κλασσικά prog-rock άλμπουμ της εποχής (σκεφτείτε τους Atomic Rooster, τους Pink Floyd, τους Argent, ακόμη και τους παλιούς Santana –και θα πάρετε μια γεύση, θα σας μαγέψει η μουσική και θα βγείτε απο την άλλη μεριά με ένα χαμόγελο)”.

Το φλερτ της ανεξάρτητης δισκογραφικής εταιρίας Fruits de Mer Records με τους London Underground άρχισε ο Keith, ο ιδιοκτήτης της εταιρίας, άκουσε την δική τους εκδοχή του “Queen St. Gang”. Αυτό τον οδήγησε στο τελευταίο τους άλμπουμ, το “Four”, το οποίο “είναι υπέροχο από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος” λέει ο Keith και συνεχίζει “είναι στο ίδιο επίπεδο με τα άλμπουμ των Tor Peders, κατά την ταπεινή μου άποψη” και το μόνο πράγμα που προβλημάτισε την Fruits de Mer Records ηταν ότι το συγκρότημα είχε ήδη κυκλοφορήσει απο μόνο του την δουλειά αυτή σε βινύλιο.

Τι να έκανα?” λέει ο Keith για να συμπληρώσει “το LP είναι ξεκάθαρα ενα Fruits de Mer άλμπουμ, αλλά τι θα μπορούσε να γίνει για να το ενισχύσουμε / να μεγαλώσει / να επεκταθεί… πως θα φαινόταν άραγε μια ειδική έκδοση με εγχρωμο βινύλιο; Καλό για αρχή, αλλά χρειαζόταν κάτι περισσότερο και είναι το μοναδικό άλμπουμ της μπάντας που έχει βρει το δρόμο της στο βινύλιο μέχρι στιγμής… οπότε, τι θα λέγατε για ενα διπλό LP με ένα bonus LP που να συμπεριλαμβάνει μερικά από τα καλύτερα τραγούδια από τα πρώτα τρία άλμπουμ τους;

Αποτέλεσμα, το “Space Edition” των London Underground – ένα διπλό LP με το άλμπουμ τους ‘Four’ σε μωβ βινύλιο συν ένα μπόνους LP, επίσης σε μωβ βινύλιο, με μια επιλογή τραγουδιών από τις προηγούμενες κυκλοφορίες τους.

Είναι μια περιορισμένη κυκλοφορία 300 αντιτύπων η οποία θα είναι διαθέσιμη στο τέλος του Ιουλίου αλλά έχει ήδη γίνει sold out…

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2019 in Prog-rock

 

RISE – Dark Cloud (June 28th 2019)

R I S E (aka Jo Beth Young) is an English songwriter whose relentlessly authentic songs and mesmeric voice cut deep into the fabric of human frailty with a visionary sound swaying hypnotically between dream folk and progressive grit; at times dark but always beautiful.

With beautifully crafted songs, enrapturing emotional performances and cinematic sounds, R I S E has reaped incredible support from acclaimed artists including Juldeh Camara (Robert Plant), Henry Thomas (George Michael, Van Morrison), Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephillim), Mike Rowe (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher), Arnulf Linder (K.T Tunstall).

Since the release of her debut album ‘An Abandoned Orchid House’ in 2018 (under the longer moniker of Talitha Rise) she has been gathering international acclaim and support from BBC 6, BBC Introducing Devon, and the legendary ECHOES Radio in the USA who made her the number 1 album of the year.

Establishing her unique sound early on in Ireland cutting her teeth on the folk circuit, she returned to the UK and met her long-term collaborator Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant) and caught the attention of Chris Difford (Squeeze) who sang on her debut EP Blue.

As a live artist R I S E, has started to reach new heights. Opening for acts such as Renaissance, Boo Hewardine, Julia Biel, Antonio Forcione and Shriekback, and she has held the spellbound attention of audiences at The Maltings, St. Pancras London, and sold out her 2017 and 2018 headline shows in Sussex and Devon.

With comparisons to Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Mazzy Star, Tori Amos threading through Pink Floyd-esque sounds, it is still hard to pin down Rise’s sounds and influences. There are hints of her classical singing beginnings, her Celtic studies and love of early prog, Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, but ultimately, a rarity in these times, she sounds distinctively like herself.

Jo-Beth decided on the change of name to RISE from Talitha Rise to mark the next phase of her career as a solo artist and is currently in production of her second album ‘Strangers’ due for release in October 2019 on the Thoroughbred Music label with upcoming tour dates in the UK and Ireland.

Pre-album tour warm up gigs (showcasing Strangers LIVE)

July 11th – B Bar Plymouth

July 12th – The Angel Gallery – Totnes

July 13th – Feather’s Hotel, Ledbury Fringe Festival

July 27th Lepallooza, Bude Cornwall

Keep up with R I S E

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Posted by on June 22, 2019 in Folk, Prog-rock

 

The Orb : Sendelica : Jack Ellister : Soft Hearted Scientists : London Underground : Secret Knowledge – new releases from Fruits de Mer Records

Late-July releases from Fruits de Mer Records include exclusive remixes by The Orb, searing Hammond-led instrumentals from Italy’s London Underground, not to mention new versions of classic songs by Roy Harper, The Bee Gees…and Black Sabbath.

WINDMILL’ by Sendelica : Secret Knowledge : The Orb (12″ colour vinyl single strangefish seventeen on sale late July)

A very special one-off 12″ single, featuring Sendelica, Secret Knowledge and The Orb.

Sendelica are well-known to all followers of FdM, of course, but Secret Knowledge are unexepected visitors – legendary writer Kris Needs and singer Wonder Schneider recorded some classic House/Techno tracks for the likes of Andrew Weatherall’s Sabres of Paradise label in the 90s…as for The Orb, well Dr Alex Paterson and co pretty much invented ambient house at the end of the 80s and have been breaking through musical boundaries for the last 30 years.
‘Windmill’ marks a rare organic collision between three disparate outfits who turned unimaginable tragedy into a beautiful eulogy after an astonishing musical journey.

On the night of Sunday June 3, 2018, Kris Needs lost his soul mate Helen Donlon after an illness she preferred not to know about. A respected literary agent and author, Helen and had got together with Kris in 2013 and they lived happily in a medieval cottage in Thaxted until events took their terrible turn. Kris was already on a mission to bring Sendelica into the mainstream music press and struck up a friendship with Pete Bingham that was already pointing to a cover version of Tim Buckley’s ‘Driftin’.
On hearing the awful news about Helen, Pete quietly transformed the music into a poignant eulogy with this tragic new dimension to deal with, bringing in Sendelica bassist Glenda Pescado, sax god Lee Relfe and production maestro Colin Consterdine to enhance its gorgeous swirl.
When Wonder, who had sung with Kris in Secret Knowledge 25 years earlier, heard the piece she called it ‘Windmill’, after the beautiful place where Helen had been laid to rest. “The windmill looks so big and strong and beautiful,” she explains, “in a silent way it watches over her, like you did. And it never stops, always protecting“. Wonder flew to the UK from her home in Cleveland, Ohio to sing the song at the magical Mwnci Studios, near Cardigan, giving a heart-wrenching performance while facing Helen’s photo (wearing her favourite purple velvet scarf) that reduced the room to tears. Helen’s beloved dog Jack, now her earthly representative, was also there to make the picture complete.
It didn’t stop there either. Kris’s old friend Alex Paterson had already said he wanted to do a remix. Working with Paul Conboy, his co-pilot in Orb spin-off Chocolate Hills, Alex produced two time-stopping remixes, using a recording of Helen’s speech on her beloved Ibiza at the 2017 Breaking Convention conference; her last major appearance in public entrancing the crowd at the world’s foremost psychedelic drugs conference.
With Kris’s photo of the Thaxted windmill on the cover, a rare heavenly synchronicity seemed to have been at work to produce this record. It’s an unimaginably beautiful tribute to a very beautiful person, lost too soon but alive forever in the music. She would have loved it.

’CROMLECH CHRONICLES IV’ by Sendelica – The Door Into Summer – three-sided colour vinyl double LP (4th side – UV colour printed) winkle 37
on sale late July

Sendelica’s latest annual Pilgrimage to Mwnci Studio in has resulted in a full-on musical head collision of West Wales with the West coast of USA.

Not so much down the rabbit hole but more of a trip through the door into the summer of West Coast USA circa 66-70 – a door of perception opening into the jamming delights of Jefferson Airplane,the Grateful Dead, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly and The Byrds at the heights of their improvisational prowess.

Although these bands were quite adept at writing ‘hit songs’, it is their live alchemy that has been drawn into the ever-evolving brewing pot of Sendelica…disjunctive song structures, key and time changes, modal melodies and drones that entwine and evolve into a magical musical journey.

Tune In, Turn on, Turn down the lights, indulge in whatever tickles your fancy and let the Odyssey of Cromlech IV engulf your senses!

Cromlech IV is the final part of the Sendelica series and they’re signing off with something a bit special – a double LP, but with three long (23 min+) sides of music and the fourth blank side overprinted in UV full-colour, a new technique offed by the Record Industry pressing plant (not so much a picture disc, more a disc with a picture on it…)

‘WHEN AN OLD CRICKETER LEAVES THE CREASE’ / ‘SUPERNAUT’ by Jack Ellister vinyl 45rpm – crustacean 90, on sale late-July

Jack Ellister was recently voted FdM’s favourite solo artist, so it’s great to have him back on Fruits de Mer with a newly-recorded single – even more so when you hear that he’s chosen to reinterpret two songs that are about as far apart in their style and origins as anything that’s appeared on the label in over 10 years.

‘Supernaut’ first appeared on the album, ‘Black Sabbath IV‘ and is based on one of the all-time great heavy rock riffs.

‘When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease’ is from Roy Harper‘s album, ‘HQ‘ and is probably Roy’s best-loved song.

According to FdM’s Keith: Jack had been working on ‘Supernaut’ for a while when we met in a pub near Spitalfields record fair, along with Heyday’s Nick Leese and mate Craig Palmer. For some reason, talk moved onto Roy’s classic track – I think because we felt Jack’s voice was really suited to it; coming from Poland, by way of Germany and the Netherlands, Jack didn’t know the song, let along why the hell cricket means so much to middle/old-aged English blokes, but he vowed to investigate further – and he didn’t disappoint.

When it comes to two sides of a single, the phrase ‘poles apart’ never seemed more apt.

Jack explains the background behind the recordings….
“the grand piano used on ‘Cricketer’ belonged to my grand father in Torun, Poland.
In 1990/1991 my father took me and Tomasz to Poland to get it over to Germany. We had to smuggle it out because it was forbidden to transport instruments across the border, as they might be valuable collectible items or state property. We did it in two turns using an old Mercedes 9-seater. On the first trip we took the inner metal works and mechanics out and hid them under lots of other stuff. On the second journey a month later we got the wooden frame, which appeared like a sort of cheap big wardrobe when not inspected properly. Luckily the wooden outer parts fit into the lift in Stuttgart and didn’t need to be carried up the stairs to our flat on the 6th floor where we lived in at that time. It was great to have it around and we used it a lot on early recordings.
My brother Tomasz was then made to play classical music on that thing for about seven years, and he recorded me playing ‘Cricketer’ in the living room in Stuttgart (not the same flat) just before it went back to Poland for good, together with my parents.

‘Supernaut’ is one of those Sabbath tracks that doesn’t seem to belong to their obvious classics, but for me it somehow earned itself a special place in their canon. Tomasz sent me the drums recorded in his cellar studio/rehearsal space and I added all the rest at home.”

PLEASE READ ME’ / ‘MOTHS MISTOOK US FOR THE MOON’ by Soft Hearted Scientists vinyl 45rpm – winkle 38, on sale late-July

The Welsh cardiologically-inclined alchemists returned to the studio earlier this year after a lengthy break to record a cover for a year-end Fruits de Mer retrospective that we’re still working on – but the result was so strong I felt it deserved a single release in its own right and the band had such a good time they decided to work on a new song to go with it.

So here we have The Bee Gees‘ ‘Please Read Me’, a 60s pop-psych gem from the brothers Gibb with not the faintest whiff of cheese to it is given a magical makeover, paired with an all-new SHS song, ‘Moths Mistook Us For The Moon’, that’s just lovely and has that classic Soft Hearted Scientists sound.

SPACE EDITION’ by London Underground colour vinyl double LP, crustacean 89, on sale late July

With a history that traces back to the classic Italian band, Standarte, London Underground formed in December 1998 in Florence; they began by recreating the UK keyboard sounds of the likes of Brian Auger and George Fame, moving onto a more progressive rock feel by the time they released their second album.

After a period of inactivity, in 2008 Gianluca Gerlini reformed the band and recorded their third album ‘Honey Drops‘; The London Underground today have a sound that is still inspired by the Hammond – now purely instrumental, they also draw influences from soundtracks of films from the 60s and 70s.

The website Progressive Rock Fanatics summed things up rather neatly…’If you like keyboards and more keyboards layered over keyboards, with an astonishingly tight rhythm section laying down tight grooves- you’ll love LONDON UNDERGROUND. Add in spacey, jazzy jams that sometimes sound lifted from classic progressive albums of yore (think Atomic Rooster, Pink Floyd, Argent, heck, even vintage Santana – you’ll get the flavor, fall under the spell of the music, and emerge on the other side with a grin.

Keith explains: “FdM and London Underground started dating when I heard their version of ‘Queen St. Gang‘. That led me to their latest album, ‘Four‘, which is bloody marvelous from start-to-finish; it’s up there with the Tor Peders album, in my humble opinion, the only thing that stopped FdM from pouncing on it being that the band have already self-released it on vinyl.
What to do? the LP is a natural for FdM but what could be done to enhance/extend/expand it…how about a special colour vinyl edition? Good start, but it needed more and it’s the only album by the band that’s found its way onto vinyl so far…so how about making it a double LP including a bonus LP comprising some of the best tracks from their first three albums?
RESULT!

So, here comes London Undergound’s ‘Space Edition’ – a double LP reproducing their ‘Four’ LP on purple vinyl plus a bonus LP, also on purple vinyl, of a selection of tracks from their previous releases.

There’ll only be 300 copies for sale, so FdM club members will get priority…” SORRY – ALREADY SOLD OUT ON PRE-ORDERS – BUT MAY GET A FEW EXTRAS

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

Hungersleep Records Spring News 2019

Grice releases 3rd album ‘One Thousand Birds’ 

One Thousand Birds by GRICE is released following a number of intense recording and mixing sessions at Forward Studios in Rome.

The 13-track album release day was marked on 22 March with a playback event hosted by Bang & Olufsen, which showcased the music and imagery in all its glory in high resolution through the B & O Beolab 50 sound system.

The album features a guest appearance by Richard Barbieri on the title track who lends his unique sonority along with field recordings made in France by Richard during a past Rain Tree Crow recording session.

GRICE works again with violinist Steve Bingham (No-Man), Luca Calabrese and Al Swainger alongside a unique murmuration of musicians (introducing the talented Eliza Carew and Andrew Ehresmann).

GRICE will be releasing a number of ‘behind the scenes’ film trailers featuring recording sessions at Forward Studios on his Youtube channel. Here is a taster: The Making of Hardest to Reach 

One Thousand Birds CD comes in a 6 panel digi-sleeve accompanied by an 8 panel booklet (with lyrics and notes) and is available on Burning Shed and Bandcamp. Digital download from iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and more.

Icarus Girl by Sibhan McCrudden

Singer-songwriter Siobhan McCrudden ‘a singer who is gifted with one of the finest voices in contemporary UK folk music‘ (newsoundwales) released her debut album ‘Icarus Girl’ in December last year.

Her first single ‘The Mermaid in Your Glass’ was on the top 10 Fresh Favs on Fresh on the Net and was played on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cardiff and more.

Live shows: 18 May Focus Wales, International Showcase Festival, Wrexham – 25 May at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival in Hay on Wye and 8 June at Big Love festival in Hay on Wye.

Icarus Girl is available on BandcampBurning Shed and all usual digital outlets, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and more.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Prog-rock

 

Grice – Hardest To Reach (Hungersleep Records 22 February 2019)

One thousand Birds’, the third album by South London-born art rock musician Grice will be released on 22 March.

Written and produced by Grice, the 13-track album features contributions from a select spectrum of musicians including sonic luminary Richard Barbieri (co-founder of Japan, keyboard player in Porcupine Tree) who adds his unique signature sound to the sweet winters symphony on the title track of the album.

Hardest to Reach is a hypnotic electro-acoustic gem drawn from the dark well of personal experience, loss and despair alchemised into an uplifting anthem for the unconsoled.

The single showcases timeless dramatic song-craft and a modern art rock ballad-singer openness.

Grice has built his reputation since 2012 with his debut album Propeller which was shortlisted in the MPG Awards.

The release of his second album Alexandrine and The Grey of Granite Stone EP have rewarded him with critical acclaim in left field and progressive art rock circles, plus the opportunity to collaborate on his own terms with instrumental and production luminaries such as Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, B J Cole, Raphael Ravenscroft, Hossam Ramzy and more.

His music has featured on BBC 2, BBC Worldwide, MTV, Sky and he has garnered airplay on Radio 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Introducing and digital radio stations all over UK, Europe and USA.

One Thousand Birds’ by GRICE is available to pre-order from Bandcamp on 1.2.2019 from HERE

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Prog-rock

 

Didier Leboz & Lord Litter (both ex Das Freie Orchester) are cooperating again

Back in 1991, I used to roam the streets of Berlin, Germany, with legendary underground musician and radio DJ, Lord Litter.

To be honest, I was impressed by the promotion of the new Nirvana album, “Nevermind”.

The swimming baby that was chasing the dollar under the surface of the sea was everywhere. It was too much of a promo…

You would see posters of the record cover on buses, billboards, and plastic bags…

A music artist would never lose with the budget that this record label used to promote the album…

But we were underground musicians so, one night Lord Litter took me to the other side of the city, East Berlin.

Already two years had passed since the Berlin wall was brought down and I could hardly find traces of it.

You could follow a cement line where a part of the wall was before and you would lose it lost in some bushes.

But you could easily tell where West Berlin would end and where East Berlin would start, because the structure, the quality and the colors of the buildings were different…

Lord Litter was playing with a band from East Berlin that was going by the name Das Freie Orchester, so that night we went to their rehearsal.

They were very friendly people (we went for tomato soup when the rehearsal was over) and they sounded great.

If you want to listen to some of their tracks, click HERE and the link will take you to their Soundcloud.

If you wonder why I am writing all this, it is because 27 years later, today in other words, I got this message from Lord Litter:

Didier Leboz & Lord Litter (both ex Das Freie Orchester) are cooperating again.

In the works is an electro acoustic / spoken word concept piece using the german language.”

Lord Litter never stopped producing music and you should keep an eye on his projects and his radio show (follow THIS link to do so) cause he is great.

Check his psychedelic, weird, cinematic 2016 album “Lights Out“…

So, I looked up to Wikipedia about DFO, to write some details about them on this very post that you read now, and I the only information I found was in German.

I decide to make a google translation and came up with this:

“Das Freie Orchester

Berlin avant-garde band, 1986 (a.a.O. 1984) until 1992.

Moving in the field of experimental electronics and Krautrock à la Can, Cluster and Tangerine Dream. Numerous sessions, solo projects and collaborations (also with West German musicians such as Harald Grosskopf and Lutz Ulbrich of Ashra and the former Kluster and Tangerine Dream member Conrad Schnitzler) were documented on the band’s own tape label toads cassettes. From the tape “Now” without Thomasius and Willner, for it rose independent radio legend Lord Litter at DFO. In 1992, the band broke up.

After his separation from the DFO Jörg Thomasius worked several times closely with the legendary avant-garde musician Conrad Schnitzler together, later again with the former DFO colleague Gui Gust, who played in 1992 in Lord Litter’s band.

Dieter Zobel also worked sporadically with Litter together (under the pseudonym “Didier LeBoz“), released two albums with Freicore in the mid-90s and later ran the solo projects Shwaan, Reaktorsynth and Dubspace (here together with Alexander Istschenko from Herbst in Beijing).”

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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

October releases from Fruits de Mer Records – including The Electric Prunes, The Pretty Things and The Yardbirds

 

1966-1968 : arguably the golden era for music. ‘The Three Seasons‘ is a bit of a tribute to the psychedelic era – the first buds forming in ’66, the summer of love and the comedown in ’68.

Some of Fruits de Mer‘s best-known artists are joined by some new faces and a few who were actually there at the time and were personally responsible for some of the amazing sounds that we’re celebrating in this vinyl love-in.

The Three Seasons has taken rather a long time to grow into the 3 LP set that will be presented for your consideration in early October – although, in the end, some heavy pruning was necessary to fit everything onto six sides (it could so easily have been a 4LP set, but someone had already knicked the ‘four seasons’ title).

The music ranges from pop-psych to acid-folk, heavy rock to prog, from classic songs to the long-lost – the kind of thing Fruits de Mer was designed for.

So, who is responsible for the two hours+ of music between the grooves? Step forward:

side 1

  1. The Past Tense – Magic In The Air (originally by The Attack : recorded in 1967)
  2. LoveyDove – Bedazzled (originally by Drimble Wedge and the Vegetations : 1967)
  3. Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder – Amelia Jane (originally by Made In Sheffield : 1967)
  4. Jack Ellister – Aquarius (originally by The Zodiac:Cosmic Sounds : 1967)
  5. Rob Gould – Granny Takes A Trip (originally by The Purple Gang : 1967)

side 2

  1. Mark McDowell and Friends – Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire (originally by The Small Faces : 1966)
  2. Anton Barbeau – Sunshine Superman (originally by Donovan : 1965)
  3. The Electric Prunes – 7 and 7 is (originally by Love : 1966)
  4. Moonweevil – Child Of The Sky (originally by The Deviants : 1967)
  5. Kris Gietkowski – A-Minor Explosion (originally by Don Shinn : 1966)
  6. The Yardbirds – Think About It (live in 2016) (originally by The Yardbirds : 1968)

side 3

  1. The Locker Room Cowboys – We Love You (originally by The Rolling Stones : 1967)
  2. King Penguin – White Bird (written : 1967, released by It’s A Beautiful Day : 1969)
  3. Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Solitary Man (originally by Neil Diamond : 1966)
  4. The Luck Of Eden Hall – Reflected (originally by Alice Cooper : 1968)

side 4

  1. The Honey Pot – Kites (written by Hackaday/Pockriss; recorded by The Rooftop Singers / Simon Dupree and the Big Sound : 1967)
  2. Cary Grace – 1983 (A Merman I Should Be…) (originally by the Jimi Hendrix Experience : 1968)

side 5

  1. Sidewalk Society – A Saying For Today (originally by The Action : 1968)
  2. Jay Tausig – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (trad. recorded by Anne Briggs : 1963 / Pentangle : 1968)
  3. Magic Bus – Tribal Gathering (originally by The Byrds : 1967)
  4. Proud Peasant – Down At Circe’s Place (originally by Touch : 1968)
  5. Icarus Peel – Beck’s Bolero (originally by Jeff Beck Group : 1966)

side 6

  1. The Green Ray – Dusty (originally by John Martyn : 1968)
  2. Ex-Norwegian – Winter (originally by Family : 1968)
  3. Consterdine – Fly (originally by J.K. & Co : 1968)
  4. The Gold Needles – The Smell of Incense (originally by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band : 1967)
  5. The Pretty Things – Loneliest Person (live at the Half Moon, 2010) (originally by The Pretty Things : 1968)

The other new vinyl release comes from Kris Gietkowski, who created the wonderfully-mad solo instrumental version of Egg‘s first album last year from FdM. He’s back and it’s as if Egg have never been away – on ‘Symmetric Communication‘, he moves onto their second album with a cover of ‘A Visit To Newport Hospital‘ and then creates two new compositions that are heavily influenced by the band – again it’s all instrumental and the work of one man – and I think it’s damn good (he said modestly).